Road World Cup 2009
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This race was part of the Ronde van Drenthe 2009 links to coverage below
Ronde van Drenthe, Netherlands, 140km
Emma Johansson (Red Sun Racing) was a determined sprinter on the run in to the finish of the Ronde van Drenthe. She spoilt the possibility of a local Dutch win, ahead of Loes Gunnewijk (Team Flexpoint) and Chantal Blaak Leontien.NL)
The consistency of Johansson meant that she also took the lead in the World Cup standings ahead of Marianne Vos (DBS).
Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) wrestled the World Cup leader’s jersey from
Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) by winning the third Ronde van Drenthe World Cup
race in the Netherlands. Riding for a Dutch team, the Swede was a popular
winner on a warm, sunny afternoon.
Ronde van Drenthe is considered to be a tough test for the women, often
referred to as their Paris-Roubaix. The three stretches of cobblestones
through wooded farmland offer a test of stamina, bike handling and
equipment. The cobbles are in the first half of the race and, as in
previous years, created breaks in the peloton which gave the leading
groups the opportunity to shape the race through the narrow Drenthe lanes
and on to the Col du VAM (or VAM berg), which is a short but steep lung
opener. The Col du VAM is covered twice in the final 40 kilometres as the
parcours take the riders in a procession through the finish line in
Hoogeveen once before the finale.
riders were visibly nervous about the passages on the cobbles. The pace of
the race lifted considerably in the five kilometers before the first
section and then a crash towards the rear of the peloton served to split
the bunch before the cobbles did their worst. The leading contenders were
safely towards the front through the first two sections, many with
team-mates for company. Marianne Vos (DSB Bank), the current World Cup
leader was there, Emma Johansson and Anne Arnouts (Red Sun Cycling),
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia Women) winner of last week’s Ronde
van Vlaanderen and team-mate Ellen van Dijk were all there, along with
Susanne Ljungskog, Loes Gunnewijk and Mirjam Melchers van Poppel (Team
Flexpoint), Giorgia Bronzini and Marta Tagliaferro (Italy) and Andrea
Bosman and Chantal Blaak (Team Leontien). Most of Equipe Nurnberger made
it, Suzanne De Goede, Regina Schleicher, Trixi Worrack and Eva Lutz
it was that the race entered the third and longest section of cobbles. The
lead group was a strong representation of current form in the peloton.
But, as the race drove through the Drenthe villages to the final section
around Hoogeveen and over the VAM, it all came back together. A large
bunch rode over the climb for the penultimate time and it took almost 20
kilometres of attack and counter attack before
Liesbeth De Voche (DSB Bank) was able to break away. She built up a
lead approaching one minute on the roads back towards the climb. Swiss
road Champion, Jennifer Hohl (Bigla Cycling Team) chased hard and found
herself a solo rider between the leader and the bunch for several
kilometres. An acceleration by the chasers caught the leaders at the foot
of the climb and Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team) and Ina-Yoko
Teutenberg (Team Columbia Women) attacked the others by leading over the
VAM with 15 kilometres to go.
were caught on the short, fast descent. There then came a flurry of attack
and counterattack. Eva Lutz (Equipe Nurnberger) and Grace Verbeek (Lotto
Belisol) gained a small gap for a couple of kilometres, but tactics
dictated that they would not stay away. The pair were hunted down by Sarah
Duester (Cervelo Test Team), Chantal Blaak (Team Leontien) and Loes
Gunnewijk (Team Flexpoint). They formed a leading break which just managed
to hold off the bunch all the way to the finish line. After the final
corner, with 500 metres to go, the six fought it out in a sprint involving
them all (there were no team-mates for lead out) and it was Johansson who
was able to accelerate the most and maintain her lead through to victory
on the line from Gunnewijk and Blaak, although the others were not far
Teutenberg (Team Columbia Women) was first across the line in the bunch
sprint for seventh. A spirited lunge
for the line by Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) to take eighth was not enough to
keep the series lead.
Johansson leads the World Cup series and will start the Fleche Wallone Femmes in the distinctive jersey on April 22nd in Huy, Belgium.
was on the podium in Binda, on the podium last week in Ronde van
Vlaanderen, and I thought ‘this World Cup, it’s a good one for Emma,
its flat, its got [cobble] stones, but she can do everything. It’s
amazing. She’s a great person, not just a cyclist.
a big win for the team. We are Dutch, the team is Dutch, so for the team,
it’s the most important World Cup, commented Red
Sun Cycling Directeur Sportif, Heidi van de Vijver, ”Emma
was on the podium last week in Belgium where we have a lot of fans and
this week we have a winner, so what more can I ask?” she said of
the team effort.
great! It’s my first major event win, said a smiling Olympic
silver medalist, Emma Johansson.
“I didn’t know I’d won it until the very end. It was a sprint
and anything can happen, but at the finish, I won it. I knew I had a
chance of the World Cup jersey if I finished on the podium and Vos
didn’t, I gave it everything.” the Swede added.
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